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Perry County Welcomes PBCC Photo Exhibit, Survivors, Families to New Bloomfield Public Library

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:35 am | 0 comments.

perry-county-survivorsSuperheroes. That’s how Perry County survivor Ann Marie Potter described her two sons who stood by her side while she battled breast cancer. Ann Marie joined survivor and Grassroots Partner Helen Michener in sharing their personal stories, struggles and messages of hope at the opening of “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” at the New Bloomfield Public Library this month. The photo exhibit was was on display June 4-13. Speakers encouraged women to get their annual screenings while sharing stories from their own personal journeys with breast cancer.

The PBCC welcomed dozens of community members for a week full of education and empowerment. We would like to thank the entire exhibit committee for allowing us to bring the display to New Bloomfield. The PBCC would also like to send a big thank you to Karns Foods for generously donating a delicious spread of food for the exhibit’s June 4 reception!

The PBCC’s exhibit features women from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, along with messages about the ways in which breast cancer has touched their lives. The women reflect the diversity of Pennsylvania, and their stories reflect the impact of breast cancer on themselves, their families and their communities. The exhibit encourages women to learn about early detection and celebrates survivorship. “67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” is sponsored by the PBCC and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Would YOU like to be featured in the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s brand new photo exhibit?  Click here to share you story with us!

 

Anastrozole Better for DCIS? Experts Say “Yes” in Some Cases

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:34 am | 0 comments.

Anastrazole-for-PLResearchers say anastrozole may be as effective, if not more effective, than tamoxifen when it comes to treating DCIS. A study conducted by NRG Oncology and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) monitored DCIS patients taking anastrozole and patients taking tamoxifen for 5 years. Women under the age of 60 taking anastrozole had a slightly higher rate of dissease-free survival than those taking tamoxifen.

Of those women participating in the study, 88.8 percent who took anastrozole remained disease-free compared with 81.5 percent of those who received tamoxifen.  Also according to the study, anastrozole demonstrated a favorable safety profile. There were 17 instances of uterine cancer in the tamoxifen group and 8 cases in the anastrozole group, although there were more occurrences of osteopathic fractures with anastrozole (69 events) than with tamoxifen (50 events).

To read the complete article on this study, click here.

Strong Support System and Faith Helps Erie Survivor Stay Positive

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:34 am | 0 comments.

bettylouperkins2I never felt a lump and neither did my doctor, but when I had my annual mammogram on October 20, 2014, they found a little 5 mil. spot. I’ve always been faithful in getting that annual mammogram.
I had a biopsy and then on December 4th they phoned the results to me and confirmed that I had invasive lobular breast cancer. My first thought was “Merry Christmas!” But then I thought well, it is what it is and you have to do what you have to do and you’re going to beat this.
The appointment with the breast surgeon was lengthy. There was so much information to try to comprehend, but after you hear the word “cancer” your mind just kind of stops. It’s like trying to digest a whole buffet.
Then they recommended an MRI because sometimes there are other spots and you could miss that with the lumpectomy and the MRI did find another spot. The first one was at 1 or 2 o’clock and the second one was closer to the nipple.
January was spent waiting for the breast surgeon and plastic surgeon’s schedules to get coordinated. You know you have cancer, you know you have to have surgery, and then you have to just wait.
My mother was a colon cancer survivor and she was my inspiration while I was going through chemo. Whenever I thought I couldn’t do it, she would say “I know what you’re saying and I felt that way too. I did it at 81 years old and so can you.” I’m sad to say that she passed away a few weeks ago but she was 88 and she had a great life.
I’m a registered nurse and work in labor and delivery at UPMC Hamot. I started there on June 4, 1979 and 35 of those years have been in labor and delivery. I get to see a miracle every day!
I tell everyone to get that mammogram! Someone recently said to me that they were a little overdue for one, probably about a year overdue. I said when we are finished talking you’ll be calling to schedule it. If one woman can be saved by me telling her to get a mammogram, it’s worth everything to me. Hopefully even more than one will. My only other advice is to keep a positive attitude and if you don’t have a faith, get a faith. Your faith will get you through. You can’t do this all by yourself.

No Insurance? FREE Breast Cancer Treatment is Available in PA

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:34 am | 0 comments.

free-treatmentDid you know that there is FREE breast cancer treatment available to you if you are uninsured or underinsured in Pennsylvania?
Women who qualify for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment program (BCCPT) can receive free health care, including health care for medical needs unrelated to a breast or cervical cancer diagnosis, throughout their course of treatment for cancer or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix. Applicants must be Pennsylvania residents under the age of 65.
Anyone interested in learning more about the topic can take the PBCC’s FREE online course. Review real-life case studies and hear inspiring survivor stories. Nurses and social workers will earn two FREE continuing education credits.

Grassroots Partner Events Making a Difference Across Pennsylvania

Posted By on June 15th, 2015 at 8:34 am | 0 comments.

June is quite a busy time for our incredible Grassroots Partners all over the state!

Stauffers2Gorgeous pink ribbon flowers welcomed guests to the 4th Annual Stauffers of Kissel Hill Pink Day at Home and Garden center locations from York to Lititz. Stauffers donated 2% of all sales on June 6 directly to our programs and services at the PBCC and raised more than $6,600! In addition, customers had a chance to win a pink garden, treat themselves to delicious homemade baked goods and learn more about our mission. Thank you to the wonderful guests we had a chance to speak with and, of course, to Stauffers of Kissel Hill for your dedication to making a difference in the community.

June 6 also marked the 1st Annual Toasting a Cure at the Vineyard at the brand new Bucks Valley Winery and Vineyard in Toasting-a-CureNewport, Perry County. The event raised $8,000 for the breast cancer survivors and families in PA! Guests enjoyed summer wine tastings, live music and a silent auction, not to mention gorgeous weather and breathtaking views. Thank you to survivor Helen Michener and her team for making Toasting a Cure a huge success!

Would you like to organize a fundraiser for the PBCC? Visit pbcc.me/hostevent or contact Kristen@PABreastCancer.org for more information.

Courage in your Community: Erie Breast Cancer Survivors Honored at PBCC Photo Exhibit Opening Reception

Posted By on May 15th, 2015 at 8:35 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplIt was a powerful and inspirational evening in Erie last week as local breast cancer survivors shared their stories of hope and courage. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition was honored to showcase its photo exhibit, 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania at the beautiful Ramond M. Blasco, M.D. Memorial Library. More than 100 guests participated in the exhibit opening reception on Thursday, May 7.

From the moment they hear the words, “You have breast cancer,” every woman endures a unique and complicated battle. Survivor Sue Fassette is a 3-time survivor now thriving through her connections to the Erie support group Linked By Pink. Survivor Bettylou Perkins spoke of her own struggles and determination to beat breast cancer from Day 1.

The PBCC was also thrilled to welcome Mary Rennie, Executive Director of the Erie County Public Library, Joanne Grossi, Regional Director for Region III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper and Dr. Greg Engel, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Program at UPMC Hamot as speakers for the evening.

We want to thank everyone who shared in our celebration of life, courage, hope and dignity last week. If you have not seen the exhibit yet, you still have time!. It will be on display at the Blasco Library through May 17!

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Will YOU Help Women in PA? Take Action. Save Lives.

Posted By on May 15th, 2015 at 8:33 am | 0 comments.

woman-getting-mammogram-pinklinkNow that mammography facilities in Pennsylvania are required to notify women of their breast density (a result of the PBCC’s Breast Density Notification Act), we need your help with the next steps on this critical advocacy effort. We believe our actions will save the lives of women across the state.

Now that mammography facilities in Pennsylvania are required to notify women of their breast density (a result of the PBCC’s Breast Density Notification Act), we need your help with the next steps on this critical advocacy effort. We believe our actions will save the lives of women across the state.

We have developed two surveys: one for women in our state and one for the mammography centers they visit for screenings like mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs and 3D mammograms (tomosynthesis).

The PBCC needs to gather information from both women and facilities in order to develop resources, materials and corresponding legislation to follow the Breast Density Notification Act. Please take 5 minutes and fill out the survey that best fits your role in our outreach efforts.

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Your Donations at Work: Penn State Hershey’s Dr. Craig Meyers Publishes Results of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Study

Posted By on May 15th, 2015 at 8:30 am | 0 comments.

Dr-Meyers-and-BoardThe research of Dr. Craig Meyers and his team at Penn State College of Medicine, which was funded by the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, has been published in Cancer Biology and Therapy. They have determined that a virus not known to cause disease kills triple-negative breast cancer cells and killed tumors grown from these cells in mice. Understanding how the virus kills cancer may lead to new treatments for breast cancer.

Adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2) infects humans but is not known to cause sickness. In prior studies, the researchers tested the virus on a variety of breast cancers that represent degrees of aggressiveness and on human papillomavirus-positive cervical cancer cells. The virus initiated apoptosis — natural cell death — in cancer cells without affecting healthy cells.
“Treatment of breast cancer remains difficult because there are multiple signaling pathways that promote tumor growth and develop resistance to treatment,” said Craig Meyers, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology.
Signaling pathways involve molecules in a cell that control cell functions — like cell division — by cooperation. For example, the first molecule in the process receives a signal to begin. It then tells another molecule to work, and so on.
Treatment of breast cancer differs by patient due to differences in tumors. Some tumors contain protein receptors that are activated by the hormones estrogen or progesterone. Others respond to another protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, or HER2. Each of these is treated differently.
A triple-negative breast cancer does not have any of these protein receptors and is typically aggressive.
“There is an urgent and ongoing need for the development of novel therapies which efficiently target triple-negative breast cancers,” Meyers said.
In the current study, the researchers tested AAV2 on a cell-line representative of triple-negative breast cancer. The researchers report their results in Cancer Biology & Therapy.
The AAV2 killed 100 percent of the cells in the laboratory by activating proteins called caspases, which are essential for the cell’s natural death. In addition, consistent with past studies, AAV2-infected cancer cells produced more Ki-67, an immunity system activating protein and c-Myc, a protein that helps both to increase cell growth and induce apoptosis. The cancer cell growth slowed by day 17 and all cells were dead by day 21. AAV2 mediated cell killing of multiple breast cancer cell lines representing both low and high grades of cancer and targeted the cancer cells independent of hormone or growth factor classification.
The researchers then injected AAV2 into human breast cancer cell line-derived tumors in mice without functioning immune systems. Mice that received AAV2 outlived the untreated mice and did not show signs of being sick, unlike the untreated mice. Tumor sizes decreased in the treated mice, areas of cell death were visible, and all AAV2 treated mice survived through the study, a direct contrast to the untreated mice.
“These results are significant, since tumor necrosis — or death — in response to therapy is also used as the measure of an effective chemotherapeutic,” Meyers said.
Future studies should look at the use of AAV2 body-wide in mice, which would better model what happens in humans.
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Other researchers on this project are Samina Alam, research associate, Penn State; Brian Bowser, PPD Vaccines and Biologics Laboratory; Mohd Israr, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; and Michael Conway, Central Michigan University College of Medicine.
The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition funded this research.

To read the complete article online, click here.